From dance to live painting to a spider web takeover of a local park, the second annual Whitehorse Nuit Blanche (WNB) has an exhibit and activity for everybody. With a focus on participatory performances, the all-night art crawl transforms the audience into creators as it takes over downtown Whitehorse. Here are five more WNB art happenings:
The Weight of a Hand
Location: Well Read Books
Artist: Suzanne Miller
An internationally renowned choreographer, Miller has toured dance productions throughout Canada, USA, Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, and the Middle East. Her 12-hour cyclic performance will consist of 2.5-hour installations in which local women are invited to participate (no dancing experience or rhythm necessary). A group folk-dancing experience of sorts, the installation speaks to the objectification and commodification women face every day. Email [email protected] to participate.
Devotional Dance Paintings
Artist: Janelle Hardy
Do you have an intention regarding gratitude, change, or healing? Bring it to this exhibit and Hardy will dance and paint in devotion to it. Watch the story of your intention unfold on her canvas and fi nd insight in her brushstrokes. Through her live painting performance, she will shine light on the areas of ourselves and our lives that need attention. With themed hourly devotions aimed at everything from ancestors, to hopes and dreams, to saying goodbye, the audience can contribute an intention to one, a few, or all of the sessions.
Artists: Nicole Bauberger and Jessica Vellenga
The audience is invited to help spin and weave webs between trees using lace, yarn, and crochet needles. By joining for a stich, row, or round, participants will connect the past to the present and honour the often-undervalued art of women. Donate old doilies and tablecloths and watch them get drawn into the work.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Location: CJUC 92.5FM, various locations throughout Whitehorse
Artist: Lindsay Dobbin
In honour of the longest day of the year, this 12-hour performance installation will broadcast local stories and field recordings on the theme of light. Radios will be installed throughout the downtown core so that Nuit Blanchers can listen to snippets of narratives and sounds during the night. The installation is part of an ongoing project by the Halifax-based artist exploring the connection between radio, community, and place.
Mapping the Whiskey Flats
Location: SS Klondike Park
Artists: Bonnie Fordyce and Arlin McFarlane
Fordyce’s family called Whiskey Flats home until the city moved their entire house to the escarpment. Join her and McFarlane for an all-night celebration of the rich history of the colourful community that sat on the banks of the Yukon River during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Former residents and other audience participants will come together to remap the Whiskey Flats as it once was using tape measures and chalk. Stories and photographs will be shared with intervals of live music, late night marshmallows, and early morning hot chocolate.
Whitehorse Nuit Blanche will begin Saturday, June 20 at 7 p.m. and will end on Sunday, June 21 at 7 a.m. Visit WNB online at whitehorsenuitblanche.com and facebook.com/whitehorsenuitblanche.